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Rules and Regulations

City charter

Adopted September 9, 1969, the City Charter which in effect is a local constitution the local voters adopted by referendum provides for a council-manager form of government.

The City Council exercises the legislative and executive power of the City of Brooklyn Park and determines all City policies.

View the City Charter

City code

Our full code of ordinances is hosted by American Legal Publishing

Look up city codes

2030 Comprehensive Plan

Cover Page and Acknowledgments (PDF)

Table of Contents (PDF)

Chapter 1 - Introduction (PDF)

Chapter 2 - Background (PDF)

Chapter 3 - Land Use (PDF)

Chapter 4 - Housing (PDF)

Chapter 5 - Transportation (PDF)

Chapter 6 - Utilities (PDF)

Chapter 7 - Public Facilities and Recreational Opportunities (PDF)

Chapter 8 - Environmental Protection (PDF)

Chapter 9 - Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (PDF)

Chapter 10 - Implementation Program (PDF)

Common codes

Learn and follow these common city codes and you will improve the quality of life in your neighborhood.

Animals and pets


Chickens and other farm animals are not allowed unless you have five acres of land.


When your pet is away from your yard, it must be on a leash.

You can only have three animals over six months old at your home. All pets must be licensed. Please keep your animals safe and clean up after them.

Read more about pet licenses

Dog parks

You do not need a leash at the dog parks. Dogs must be licensed in order to use the dog parks.

Read more about our dog parks


The City of Brooklyn Park’s curfew policy for children:

Age Day Home by time
Under 12 Sunday through Thursday 9 p.m.
Friday and Saturday 10 p.m.
12, 13, 14 Sunday through Thursday 10 p.m.
Friday and Saturday 11 p.m.
15, 16, 17 Sunday through Thursday 11 p.m.
Friday and Saturday midnight



Graffiti is a crime and the Police Department should be called to investigate. After a police report is filed, you will need to remove the graffiti immediately.


Lighting and glare

Outdoor lights must be controlled and not be a problem to neighbors. Lighting must not produce too much glare.


Be kind to your neighbors. Between 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. is quiet time. No shouting, loud parties, loud cars, radio, fireworks, equipment noise, etc. is allowed.

Home maintenance and additions


There are many different rules when building a fence on your property. You will need a building permit if you plan to build a fence more than seven feet tall. Be sure you know where your property lines are before you build.

House numbers

Address numbers must be attached to the house, at least six (6) inches in height, and clearly seen from the street.

Housing/structure maintenance

The siding, roof and foundation of all buildings and structures must be in good repair. Decks and fences must be safe and in good condition. The siding on all buildings/structures must be free from deterioration or chipping paint.

Lawn and landscape maintenance

Grass and weeds must be less than eight (8) inches tall. Grass must be mowed up to the street. Storm-water ponds and ditches do not have to follow these rules. Noxious weeds must be destroyed.

No bare dirt should be seen on property. All grounds in yard must be covered.

Residential pools

Pools or hot tubs over two feet deep must be fully enclosed with at least a four-foot high fence. For above ground pools, the sides of the pool may be used as the barrier if they are four feet high and the ladder or steps are removed when not in use.


Sheds, recreational equipment, decks, pools and patios are not allowed in the front yard and cannot be closer than five feet from the side and back property lines.  Driveways cannot be closer than five feet of the side property line. Corner lot setbacks may vary.

Snow removal

Snow must be cleared from the sidewalk within 48 hours of the snowfall stopping. Owners and residents are required to remove snow from the sidewalk.

Get details on snow removal


Home businesses

You need a license to run a business from your home. Auto repair, retail and food sales are not allowed as a home business or hobby. The sale of products made somewhere else is also not allowed.

Outdoor storage is not allowed. One sign no larger than two (2) square feet and located twenty (20) feet back from the property line is allowed. One non-relative employee is allowed.

Rental property

All rental property must be licensed by the City. If the property owner lives at the home or if the home is registered with a Relative Homestead classification, a license is not needed. No more than four (4) unrelated people may live in the home.

The property owner is responsible for meeting all City rules.

A license may be denied, suspended or revoked for residents who engage in the following activities:

  • Animal noise
  • Noisy parties
  • Illegal drugs
  • Criminal behavior
  • Alcohol sales
  • Prostitution
  • Weapons
  • Assault
  • Lack of safety towards minors


Campfires and outdoor burning

You cannot burn trash, leaves, brush or similar items.

Campfires are allowed if all requirements are met.

See more on campfires and outdoor burning

Garage sales

You may have four garage sales per year.  Each garage sale may last up to three days long.

Events at parks

City parks are open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Permits may be required for special events at the park with entertainment, food, or loud music.


Outdoor storage

  • Only these items can be stored outside:
  • Licensed and operable (non-commercial) motor vehicles,
  • Recreational vehicles/equipment
  • Construction or landscaping materials/equipment currently being used on the property
  • Properly stacked firewood.

All other items must be stored inside a shed or garage.

Firewood storage

Firewood must be stacked on a paved surface or at least three and a half (3 1/2) inches off the ground. No more than two cords (4’ x 8’) stack of wood is allowed on the property. Firewood stacks must be five feet away from your neighbor’s property line and not stored in the front yard.

Waste management


Store your waste container out of public view, which includes from the street or neighboring yards. Put your containers inside your garage or behind an approved screened enclosure after pick-up

Vegetation is not an approved screening material.

Junk piles

Piles of junk, debris, garbage, litter, or hazardous waste is not allowed. This includes yard waste and animal waste. All garbage must be kept inside a container with a tight-fitting lid at all times.

Tree debris

Large branches, trees, logs, stumps, Christmas trees, etc. may be disposed of at the following locations. Fees may be charged.

Elk River Landfill
22460 Hwy. 169 NW
Elk River, MN 55330

630 Malcolm Ave. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Electronic and hazardous materials

It is illegal to put electronics, appliances and household hazardous waste items in the trash, such as:

  • Televisions
  • Computers
  • CDs
  • CFLs, fluorescent and HID lamps
  • Oil and oil filters
  • Aerosol cans, paint, lead-based paint chips, solvent and thinners

These items must be recycled or disposed of properly. Hennepin County will take these items and more. Fees may be charged.

Read more about electronic and hazardous materials

Yard waste

Check with your trash hauler to pick up leaves, grass clippings, small bundles of branches (10 inches or less in diameter).

These items can also be dropped off between April 1 through November 30, weather permitting at the Maple Grove Yard Waste drop-off site.

Read more about garbage and yard waste

Contact us

City Hall

5200 85th Ave. N.
Brooklyn Park, MN 55443
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Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Phone and email

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